Kerala takes health route to wealth

by Naveen Nair ,  CNN-IBN | 2006-10-30

The history of south India can be traced back to over 2,000 years. However, it was only 50 years ago when the four southern states were created along linguistic lines.  CNN-IBN unveils the changing face of south India and celebrates the Dravidian spirit in a special series The Golden South.

Thiruvananthapuram: Tourism industry has always been the backbone of Kerala's economy.  

With visitors from world over thronging to admire the scenic beauty of the famous backwaters, there’s a bubble waiting to burst in God’s own country.  Medical tourism is the buzzword in Kerala and the state government seems to have cracked the winning combination of fun and well.

For many tourists like 50-year-old Clay Andersson from Carolina, Kerala is already a winner.

Anderson came to Kerala hoping for a relaxed holiday. But groin pains from hernia sent him looking for a reliable surgeon. He found one in Kerala, at one-fifth of what it would have cost him back home, without having to sacrifice his holiday.

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